I resisted adding my comments to this thread as I’ve become bored with everyone poring over every single comment that Riyad makes, but as it refuses to go away I’ll add my thoughts.
RM is Algerian and his influences would presumably be francophone. I would be surprised if, before 2016, anyone from that background would have any desire to play for Leicester City – or even much knowledge of the club. I also don’t think that it’s the mentality of many footballers to stay at one club for multiple seasons when other clubs, with more money and chances of winning trophies, are chasing them. His frustration at not getting his move is not entirely surprising even if it could have been handled much more quietly and diplomatically.
What I also know for sure is that RM was one of the most talented players I’ve ever seen at Leicester. He more than played his role in the clubs greatest achievement in its history and he stayed on afterwards irrespective of the circumstances. Contrast that with Cambiasso and Kante who had no interest in staying for more than one season despite, in the case of the latter, the club qualifying for the Champions League and on a journey that was by no means complete at that stage. These two are spared criticism because one is a ‘nice bloke’ and the other doesn’t say much publicly.
Personally I have much more irritation with the actions of Kante than any of the others, but all made a fantastic contribution in laying the foundations for my best ever feeling as a football fan. In my personal opinion booing any one of them when they return to our stadium is utterly moronic, but each to his own.